Rail disruption due to Storm Ciara, debris and fallen trees creates havoc

Published on : Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 After Storm Ciara wrought devastation on Sunday, the rail commuters face widespread disarray as the working week begins.

 

 

 

As passengers were prevented from travelling on Sunday, it is expected that the trains will be extremely busy.

 

 

On Monday 10 February, Network Rail warned of damaged to the overhead lines and tracks caused by debris or fallen trees which could severely impact the passenger services.

 

 

The West Coast mainline between Preston and southern Scotland is closed due to flooding.

 

There are many cancellations and curtailments on the East Coast main line and morning services from Bradford, Skipton, Harrogate, Hull Aberdeen and Iverness starting further down the line along with some additional cancellations.

 

 

The line from Carlisle and Lancaster to Leeds is blocked, the line from Ilkley and Skipton to Bardford is closed due to flooding.

 

There are multiple cancellations from Glasgow to Oban, Fort William and onward to Mallaig and between Iverness and Kyle of Lochalsh.

 

Trains on the Cambrian Coast line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli will be replaced by buses also the Conwy Valley line.

 

There will be disruptions in services in west of Swansea and West Wales due to high tides and continued strong winds overnight.

 

On the Southeastern network from Kent to central London there is widespread disruption including the High Speed One line which will delay Eurostar services from Paris and Brussels to London Pancras.

 

 

So far the Heathrow Express is running half the number of usual trains to and from London Paddington due to overhead wire damage and the Gatwick Express is also reduced because of damage at the airport’s station.

 

 

Trees have blocked the line between Southampton and Salisbury, Dorking and Horsham and Ashford and Hastings.

 

 

 

On Sunday to, from and within the UK an estimated 200,000 people were stranded due to cancelled flights.  So far 100 more arrivals and departures have been cancelled.

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